Mississippi senate voted 28-18 Thursday in the last procedural act to advance what critics say is the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the U.S.
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
All over America since Obama has been president – from the Colorado baker forced to make same-sex wedding cakes, to the Washington state florist sued for not doing flowers for a lesbian wedding – Christian business owners have faced a nightmarish gestapo-style assault from the LGBT Mafia. Today, the Mississippi senate took a giant step forward to stop such attacks from the queer Left and passed a bill protecting Christian business owners from further assaults.
Bill is designed to stop LGBT attacks on Christian business owners like this one:
The Republican-dominated Mississippi Senate voted 28-18 on Thursday in its final procedural act to advance what critics say is the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the United States, allowing denial of products and services in a wide range of venues.
The night before, Senators voted 31-17 to pass the bill, then took up a motion that required Thursday’s final vote.
The House must vote only once to concur, thereby sending it to the governor, because the House already passed a slightly different version of the bill by a 80-39 vote in February. The concurrence vote is expected early next week.
In speeches on the Senate floor Wednesday night, Republicans backers argued their legislation fixes problems created for people of faith when the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality last year.
“It gives protection to those in the state who cannot in a good conscience provide services for a same-sex marriage,” Sen. Jennifer Branning said in an address to her colleagues.
Ben Needham, director of the southern LGBT advocacy group Project One America, told Buzzfeed Wednesday that the measure “is probably the worst religious freedom bill to date.”
But advocates of the bill, which is one of about 10 drafted by states across the country in response to the Supreme Court decision guaranteeing a right to same-sex marriage last summer, says that the legislation will protect the rights of those who disagree with the court’s decision.